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Poster: Jim F Date: Oct 25, 2010 3:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Harder They Come

It's not the massively long take like soooo many great versions out there, but I have a special place for the first live version (I think it's the first anyway), the one on the Keystone Live album.

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Poster: ganges Date: Oct 25, 2010 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Harder They Come

I wasn't aware that this was the 1st live version, it's really nice, too.

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Poster: Jim F Date: Oct 26, 2010 2:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Harder They Come

Actually I should correct myself, the first known performance is from 7/10/73, but I the version on the Keystone album is from the following night. So technically it's the second known performance. Both shows are excellent and worth obtaining.

Either way, you're hard pressed to find a "bad" performance of the tune, no matter the year or arrangement. Personally I'm most partial to the 72-75 era Garcia bands. I like stuff from 76-81 or 82, but the Merl era will always be my favorite. Just yesterday was the anniversary of his death. RIP, Merl.